When you don’t know what to do, shifting perspective should be your go-to heuristic.
Imagine your best friend was in the same situation as you.
What should my best friend do in this situation?
This works because we’re better at finding solutions for other people than ourselves.
“Cloning” yourself provides an instant perspective.
For instance, I do a variation of this when I set quarterly goals for my business.
Here I ask:
If someone acquired our business, what should they do to grow our business?
Next time you’re facing a situation, try externalizing it.